December 28, 2012

The Power of Business Rules Management
The use of these Business Rules Management Systems(BRMS) to support the practice of decision management to automate and manage high-volume, transactional decisions is growing rapidly. A new standard, called the Decision Model and Notation standard, is under development that will bring consistency of representation to the industry.

One-on-one with Randy Bias: Cloud standards and the battle for control
In this one-on-one interview, Randy Bias, co-founder and chief technology officer of open source cloud infrastructure provider Cloudscaling, talks about the lack of cloud standards among providers and how today's cloud computing service provider patchwork will ultimately give way to a more uniform cloud universe.

Is culture your company’s most important asset?
Most managers can easily reframe key messages in ways that demonstrate care, that encourage employees, and that make employees feel heard and valued. The trick is to invite employee opinion, then refine behaviors to better serve their needs — and, in the process, create a safe, inspiring work culture.

Analysis: Amazon, Google on collision course in 2013
"Amazon wants to be the one place where you buy everything. Google wants to be the one place where you find everything, of which buying things is a subset," said Chi-Hua Chien, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "So when you marry those facts I think you're going to see a natural collision."

It's "locking" if it's blocking
"Atomic" (only) means that nobody will mess up the state midway through the operation. "Atomic" doesn't mean, for example, that a single instruction is used - in fact, often it's not the case. Nor does "atomic" imply "lock-free". An implementation of atomic addition could legitimately use:

Wearable Computers the Size of Buttons to Monitor Health
In just the latest of many recent developments, the University of Texas at Dallas, in a new press release, notes that patients who require continuous observation of their medical condition—for example, to see if they're taking their medications on time—could benefit substantially from button-sized wireless computers to monitor a person’s health.

Better Integrate IT Risk Management With Enterprise Risk Activities
"By aligning IT GRC with its cousins in financial and legal GRC, organizations can accelerate GRC program growth and maturity to better realize the value of information risk management and its disproportionately high impact on operational risk management," says Ben Tomhave, senior consultant for security consultancy LockPath.

How to choose between scale-up vs. scale-out architectures for backup and recovery
More and more organizations are reducing or eliminating the use of tape by deploying disk-based appliances that use deduplication. But the architectural approach used by the appliance vendor can make a significant difference to the performance, scalability and total cost of the selected solution.

A Proposal to Enhance the UML Notation
Requirements and test cases, in particular acceptance tests, are strictly related. Agile methodologies highlight this aspect basing themselves on test driven approaches. The notation of UML use cases may be enhanced in order to allow enhanced UML tools to properly handle links between use cases and tests.

Are project forecasters “fools or liars”
“Estimates are commonly poor predictors of the actual value and viability of projects, and cannot be trusted as the basis for informed decision-making,” Professor Bent Flyvbjerg says. “These forecasts frequently misinform decision makers on projects instead of informing them. Some of the inaccuracy comes from genuine forecasting mistakes arising from over-optimism, but some estimates are deliberately misleading, designed to secure financial or political support for a project.”

Quote for the day:

"A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit." -- John C Maxwell